CM welcomes budget, Opposition says it is jugglery of figures

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Mumbai, Mar 19 (UNI) Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has expressed satisfaction over the budget, describing it as progressive which would help common man and farmers.

The Chief Minister said that the provision of Rs 6,000 crore would give a major fillip to the irrigation sector and will also remove the backlog.

''This announcement would help to remove the backlog of Marathwada and Vidarbha,'' he said. He also said that outlay of Rs 100 crore for Minority Welfare Department would help in uplifting the minorities.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, also speaking on the same lines, described the budget as satisfactory for rural and urban people in the state.

State NCP President Arun Gujarathi welcomed the decision of abolishing of octroi in 15 'D' class municipal corporations and increasing FSI in suburbs.

However, State BJP President Nitin Gadkari said that the Finance Minister has concentrated more on announcement and criticised the government for failing to spend the amount that had already been earmarked.

Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly Ramdas Kadam described the budget as jugglery of figures and said that actually the farmers and the weaker sections of the society will not be benefited from the schemes.

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